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Do You Think You Have the Flu?

Know when and where to get the care you need.

Some may find it surprising that stuffing your pockets with tissues, wrapping your neck in a scarf and heading to your doctor's office, local urgent care or emergency department is NOT the best course of action if you have the flu!

Yes, the flu is serious. But, in many cases the best medicine is resting at home.

Here are some flu symptom guidelines for when to seek care and when to stay home:

Stay home and rest if:

  • You're experiencing typical flu symptoms, including:
    • Fever (not always present with the flu)
    • Cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose
    • Body aches, headache, chills, fatigue
    • sometimes diarrhea and vomiting
  • You're generally healthy
  • Your child is experiencing typical flu symptoms and is older than two
  • You are younger than 65

Call your doctor If:

  • Your flu symptoms are severe:
    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
    • Sudden dizziness or confusion
    • Severe or persistent vomiting
    • Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough
  • You are more than three months pregnant
  • You are living in a long-term care facility
  • You have chronic heart, lung or kidney conditions, diabetes or a weakened immune system
  • Your child or infant has any of the following symptoms:
    • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
    • Bluish skin
    • Not waking up or not interacting
    • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
    • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
    • Fever with a rash
    • Being unable to eat
    • Has no tears when crying
    • Significantly fewer wet diapers than normal

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